A Lion’s Den man was last week arrested for throwing tear gas into a police station last year December resulting in scores of suspects in the holding cells escaping.
The accused, Farai Tapererwa (29) of Murereka, Lion’s Den in Chinhoyi appeared before magistrate Tendai Banda Saturday facing charges of causing malicious damage to property and public violence.
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The state alleges that Tapererwa and his colleagues on 26 December 2020, had a misunderstanding with Samson Chirongozi over money for an undisclosed service they had rendered.
Chirongozi reportedly sped off from the gang in his Mazda B1600 and sought refuge at the police station but Taapererwa and his colleagues pursued him and smashed his vehicle’s windscreen and bonnet, before deflating two wheels.
Tapererwa and his colleagues then allegedly stormed the charge office where they manhandled a cop, Wellington Katsande, and forcibly took two tear gas canisters from him and threw one inside the charge office and the other on the camp’s yard.
The state also told the court that detained suspects inside the police station’s cells and police officers manning the station were affected by the tear gas resulting in detained suspects escaping from custody in the ensuing commotion.
Tapererwa and his accomplices allegedly went on to indiscriminately throw stones and smashed windowpanes and asbestos roofs of police station buildings.
His accomplices were arrested earlier and have since appeared in court before they were granted bail.
Magistrate Tendai Banda Saturday remanded Tapererwa in custody to 27 April 2021.